The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman

Thank you to Berkley publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book starts off at the end – Phillip Rochester’s funeral. Phillip has died (we don’t know how yet) and his 3 ex-wives are there, but not in mourning. The second chapter begins with Imogen, Phillip’s second wife. She is also the only one who has a child with Phillip. We learn that Phillip is abusive (trigger warning) and cheated on Imogen with a younger woman, Naomi. Naomi is Phillip’s third wife. She’s also being abused by him. Imogen and Naomi finally have the chance of a lifetime (Ruby, Phillips first wife, joins along too). Imogen has Phillip locked up in her basement and the chance to finally tell him off. He’s got quite a few tricks up his sleeve in the meantime. Are these ladies safe? Are they going to tell him off? How did Phillip die?

The first third of this book was quite slow. I was beginning to second guess whether this book was really a thriller or not. Reading details about Imogen’s relationship with Phillip and Naomi’s relationship with Phillip was a little dull. It just seemed to drag on. Once Imogen and Naomi had Phillip in the basement, things start to really pick up the pace. In fact, I had to buckle up, strap in, and get ready for the ride. I knew Phillip was a terrible person, but MAN what a twist. You think with all of the thriller/mystery books I read, I would’ve expected it to come. Phillip was such a convincing character, I even fell for all the lies he told! The ending was predictable, but I’ll take it for the adventurous thrill the second half of the book had.

4/5 Stars

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